When you have a serious health condition, receiving support and encouragement from others who’ve been there can make the journey feel easier and less lonely. When you join a support group, you’ll meet other people who know what it’s like to be in your shoes and can offer insight about what may be ahead.
You don’t have to be a current Sutter patient to participate in our support groups—many are free and open to the community. Our goal is to create an environment where you’ll receive comfort and encouragement. To learn more about any of the groups listed below, call (209) 826-0591, ext. 50270.
Personal Support Groups
When faced with a health challenge or a loss, many people benefit from joining a support group with people in similar situations. At Memorial Hospital Los Banos, we offer support groups for people coping with:
- Grieving (for people who are preparing for or coping with the death of a loved one)
Mom Support Groups
All Moms Matter is a program at the hospital provided by the Merced County Human Services Agency. The program includes classes, breastfeeding education, as well as support groups for new moms.
Addiction Support Groups
Support is critical when you are learning to live without an addiction. The support programs here are not sponsored by Memorial Los Banos, but are held at the hospital.
- Narcotics Anonymous — A fellowship of men and women who are learning to live without drugs. A place where individuals can share their common problems and solutions.
- Food Addicts — A 12-step program based on evidence that food addiction can be managed by abstaining from addictive food, following a program of sound nutrition and working the 12 steps of the program.
These groups are facilitated by staff, including clinical social workers, therapists and volunteers, who are trained to work with both adults and children.
Support Groups for Parents
Whether you’re having your first child or you want insight from other parents, you might benefit from a parenting support group.
If you’re a new mom, consider our breastfeeding individualized support groups.